proselytism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n proselytism the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
    • n proselytism the practice of proselytizing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proselytism Conversion to a religion, system, or party.
    • Proselytism The act or practice of proselyting; the making of converts to a religion or a religious sect, or to any opinion, system, or party. "They were possessed of a spirit of proselytism in the most fanatical degree."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proselytism The act or practice of making proselytes or converts to a religion or to any doctrine, creed, system, sect, or party.
    • n proselytism Conversion to a system or creed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Proselytism the act of proselytising or of making converts: conversion
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prosélytisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. prosēlytosproserchomai, I come to—pros, to, erchomai, ēlthon, to come.

Usage

In literature:

I speak only for myself, and I'm not proselyting to any great extent.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
It will be enough to paint, to talk, to sip tea, to wander about proselyting in behalf of improvised Gods.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
They have probably 200 preachers, and as many congregations in the West, and still make proselytes.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Baptism was long before the advent of Jesus imposed on proselytes, and existed inside Judaism itself.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
It is not my purpose to follow the fascinating fortunes of Spanish proselyting and conquest.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
For the present, it is enough to say that Mill first became Bentham's proselyte about 1808.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
That morning, a troublous dream had come to Claudia Procula, Pilate's wife, who was a Jewish proselyte.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
Individual choice recedes into the background, except (as in Judaism) in the case of proselytes.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Practically speaking, the present common school system is but a gigantic scheme for proselytism and for infidelity.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
Proselytes and gold mines were sought with equal ardor.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
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In poetry:

Spread my own joy. Therefore my songs
Like fiery prophets go,--
Make to her beauty proselytes
Mortality and woe.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
'Twas like a proselyte, allied to Heaven--
Or rising spirits' boast of sins forgiven,
Whose shout dissolves the adamant away
Whose melting voice the stubborn rocks obey.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton

In news:

Marching as to War Former Air Force Officer Mikey Weinstein Zeroes In on Proselytizing in the Military.
Relief Missions Cope With Beijing's Rules Against Proselytizing.
There I was again – at a rose show – proselytizing.
Departing from a longstanding Jewish reluctance to proselytize, the leader of Reform Judaism in North America yesterday encouraged Jews to seek converts among those who do not have their own faith.
Al Qaeda-linked militants say they killed Joel Shrum for proselytizing.
Wisely, in her reports, she does not give her name or those she is proselytizing.
Mikey Weinstein, the Air Force Academy alumn who has in recent years railed against evangelical Christian proselytizing in the military, is backing another lawsuit against his alma mater.
Amidst the hand-wring, wails of "won't somebody think of the children" and nostalgiac references to 2 Live Crew, is a whole lot of proselytizing.
Picketing and proselytizing are prohibited at San Bernardino County courthouses under an order issued Nov 19 by Presiding Judge Marsha Slough.
A Study of Conversion, Proselytization, and Maintenance of Faith.
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't take the increasing attacks on free will seriously, such as the proselytizing atheist, Sam Harris's, newest book Free Will .
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't take the increasing attacks on free will seriously, such as the proselytizing atheist, Sam Harris's, newest book Free Will.
Given limited space, I doubt I can refute all the proselytizing in James J Joyce's latently homophobic screed in the Sept 26 Letters to the Editor, but I can sure try.
A pro- Kremlin youth group is calling for a ban on all Mormon missionaries in Russia, alleging the LDS proselytizers are "potential American spies" and that many join the FBI or CIA after their two-year church service.
Ray Manzarek spreads the Doors' legacy with his book and some old-fashioned Sixties proselytizing.
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